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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: D
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: £17.99
  • Running time: 80 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Adventures of the Mini Goddess

Adventures of the Mini-Goddess Vol. #3

By Kim Wolstenholme     May 25, 2005
Release Date: May 16, 2005


Adventures of the Mini-Goddess Vol. #3
© MVM Entertainment


What They Say
Anime’s legendary Goddess team return – but super small and super cute!

Set in the same universe as ‘Ah! My Goddess!’ (aka ‘Oh! My Goddess!’), this series chronicles the exploits of helper goddesses Belldandy, Urd and Skuld while Keiichi is away. Shrinking themselves to a fraction of human size while Keiichi is gone, the three embark on dangerously funny adventures along with their rat sidekick, Gan.

The Review!
The third disk of Adventures of Mini Goddess continues in much the same vein as the previous two, although we have the introduction of a new character and even more wacky inventions courtesy of Skuld.

Audio:

There are no problems with the audio on this release and MVM have provided a choice of either the original Japanese or the English dubbed soundtrack. For the third volume I opted to listen to the English dub, and I have to say that it was one of the better dubs I’ve listened to. All the characters sounded right, and as Dani mentioned in his review for the first disk Anthony Mozdy as Gan-Chan was excellent. No problems were noticed with this audio track with dialogue and music coming across well.

I also spot checked the Japanese track and again noticed no problems with this option.

Video:

Adventures of Mini Goddess is a very brightly coloured show and the transfer deals with the colours well. I noticed no artefacts, colour bleeding or other problems with the transfer. On the whole it’s a solid transfer for a show that is reasonably old.

Subtitles are in an easy to read yellow font and I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors. As I opted to listen to the English dub this time round I was rather disappointed to notice that the menu option to switch the subtitles off did not seem to work. Instead I had to toggle the subtitles off using the subtitle button on my remote. This isn’t a huge problem, but it is slightly disappointing.

Packaging:

No packaging was available as only a review disk was supplied.

Menu:

A fairly unspectacular but functional static menu is used for the third volume. The main menu displays nice artwork for the 4 main characters with the menu options located in the centre of the screen. All the menus are silent and access times are quick.

Extras:

Not a huge amount of extras are included on this disk, there is a brief character profile and photo gallery that contains 13 pictures both of these are dedicated to Urd.

Trailers are also included on the disk and these are for Fruits Basket and Kiddy Grade.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)

If you’ve read either of the reviews for the previous volumes of Adventures of Mini Goddess you should, by now, know all about the premise for the show. If you’ve not read either of these reviews I’ll provide a small recap. Adventures of Mini Goddess is a spin off from the Oh! My Goddess universe, in which Belldandy, Urd and Skuld shrink themselves every day once Keiichi has left. Their super-deformed size lets them get up to all sorts of mischief as well as alternating between annoying and trying to help their rat friend Gan-Chan. It’s a very simple idea that works surprisingly well, and is a show that is readily accessible for all age ranges.

As with the previous 2 volumes there are another 12 episodes on this disk, which has the secondary title of ‘The Urd Files’. As the title probably suggests most of the episodes on this disk involve Urd, the most mischievous of the goddesses. We are also introduced to another new character in this set of episodes, Marla, who is determined to make the goddesses miserable. Marla is a sorceress first class with no restrictions, meaning that she can pretty much get up to whatever she wants, and she really wants to make Urd, Skuld and Belldandy miserable. She appears in several of the episodes on this disk and her schemes are nothing if not inventive.

Starting things off with the third disk we have another two part story where Gan-Chan is left guarding the fridge while the goddesses go out for the day. Skuld has also installed a safety device on the fridge so Gan-Chan decides that a nap would be in order. However as soon as he leaves Marla and her rat gang appear, take all the other rats’ hostage and try to break into the fridge. It’s up to Gan-chan to save all his friends and stop Marla’s gang from getting into the fridge, which he attempts with his own inimitable style. Episode 3 contains much less action when Urd and Gan-Chan decide to answer some of the fan mail that’s been received, this is done in a kind of game show format complete with commercial break.

Rainy Day is the next episode and is probably the best episode on this disk, if not the whole season so far. This episode is a complete change of pace as we follow Urd as she journeys through the city on a rainy day. This episode relies on visuals and music as no words are spoken and it works extremely well. The scenes of Urd floating down a canal riding on an abandoned hat, or looking out of a train window show a different side to the character as she contemplates the world around her.

The series doesn’t stay in a contemplative mood for long, and the next episode revolves around another one of Skulds inventions – a dream reader. Gan-Chan becomes an unknowing subject and Urd and Skuld can’t help but amend his dream a little bit. In episode 6 Urd, Skuld, Gan-Chan and Marla turn private detectives as they try to find out who’s stolen their favourite foods from the fridge. In the next episode Marla’s up to her old tricks as she kidnaps Belldandy, while the other goddesses attempt to save her.

In Episode 8 Urd, Skuld and Gan-Chan have created a quick fix division where they will try and solve people’s problems. When a mother rat asks them to rescue her son from behind the kitchen stove they all have different ideas for solving the problem. Episode 9 sees Gan-Chan and Urd competing to see who’s the best fisherman. The final three episodes concentrate on Marla and her plans to make the goddesses miserable. In Give me Some Servants Marla tries to trap each of the goddesses by tempting them with their favourite things. The final two episodes are a two-part story in which Marla conjures three Ninja servants from an old video game machine, but they are unable to carry out her plans without mishap.

The third volume of Mini Goddess contains more movie parodies that the previous volume, including a reprisal of Die Hard (with rats), a sword and sorcery epic as well as a ninja based story. These all work well as the creators have taken the essence of the genre and have changed it slightly to fit in with the short episode length. The series continues to be inventive and doesn’t have to rely on slapstick comedy, as the Rainy Day episode proves.

In summary-

The third volume of Adventures of Mini Goddess has been a bit of a revelation to me. After the second disk I thought the formula might get repetitive and was glad when many of the episodes were two-part stories. On the third disk however, the majority of the episodes are single stories and they are all highly enjoyable. The introduction of Marla has given the show an extra spark and she works well as the ‘villain’ of the series. All in all it’s fun stuff and I’m looking forward to the next disk.

Features
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Character Profile

Review Equipment
Panasonic 42” Plasma, Arcam 88+ Prog Scan DVD Player, Kef Egg 7.1 Speaker system with a Ruark log sub. Denon 3802 amplifier.

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